Christian Woman Survives Stabbing Attack by Terrorists In Jerusalem

(PHOTO: REUTERS) Members of Zaka Rescue and Recovery team carry a covered body from the scene of an attack on a Jerusalem bus October 13, 2015.
(PHOTO: REUTERS)
Members of Zaka Rescue and Recovery team carry a covered body from the scene of an attack on a Jerusalem bus October 13, 2015.

One of the victims of a terrorist attack on a bus yesterday was an elderly lady who loves the Lord. This tall, kind, Dutch woman moved to Israel many decades ago, rented a house in Jerusalem, and took care of lots of Palestinian orphans and children from difficult backgrounds. Marika had raised many of these precious children and was just quietly going about her life, but yesterday she took bus in Jerusalem, only to be stabbed repeatedly in the chest.


Yesterday, two terrorists boarded her number 78 bus in the Armon haNatziv (East Talpiyot) neighbourhood of Jerusalem, one with a knife, the other with a gun. They began shooting and stabbing the passengers indiscriminately, and tried to commandeer the bus. They caused carnage until the police arrived, injuring at least 16 and murdering two. One of those injured was Marika.

Today, Marika is in hospital recovering from multiple stab wounds, including a punctured lung. Thankfully, she is now in a stable condition, but badly needs our prayers, as do the scores of the victims of terror that have been wounded physically and emotionally in the violent attacks that have been happening all over Israel lately. Recovery from violence like this can take a lifetime. We encourage you to lift up Marika in your prayers, that she would heal well in body and spirit, and that she could be a testimony to the Lord in these terrible times.

Not only is Marika a special woman, but also the place that she had rented in Jerusalem also has a very special history: It was from the roof of her house that the British Major-General Charles Gordon was surveying the landscape just north of the Old City, and saw that the rock formation before him looked uncannily like a skull. He is one of the main proponents of the theory that this was Golgotha, and that the place of Yeshua’s death and (temporary) burial rather than the traditional site of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and encouraged the excavation of the Garden Tomb. Not only that, but Horatio Spafford, writer of the famous hymn, “It is well with my soul” is said to have also stayed in that house. And now Marika, a heroine in her own right, joins the list of people of note.

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SOURCE: One for Israel